Governor Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii has begun the process of bringing Hawaiian prisoners back to the island from the private prisons they were housed in on the mainland. The governor made this pledge after two young men died in CCA-run prisons last year, and a class action lawsuit by other prisoners at Saguaro CF which alleged serious abuse by the guards. The governor had previously recalled all female prisoners after multiple sexual assaults at the Otter Creek CF, another CCA prison.
While the majority of Hawaiian prisoners remain in private prisons in Arizona, this is an important step in the right direction. I hope he continues to make good on his promise and return Hawaiian prisoners to their home state, where they will be safer and closer to their families.